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Bridge on main drive to Hensol Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Pendoylan, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.5039 / 51°30'14"N

Longitude: -3.3699 / 3°22'11"W

OS Eastings: 305017

OS Northings: 179221

OS Grid: ST050792

Mapcode National: GBR HP.JF2Q

Mapcode Global: VH6F3.JGVG

Entry Name: Bridge on main drive to Hensol Castle

Listing Date: 5 February 1993

Last Amended: 18 May 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13483

Building Class: Health and Welfare

Location: Near the bottom of the main (East) drive close to Hafod Lodge; spans the Mill Pond which runs off Hensol lake. Hensol Castle is set within a landscaped park near Pendoylan, approximately 2km from the

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Pendoylan (Pendeulwyn)

Community: Pendoylan

Locality: Hensol

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Probably contemporary with the 1840's enlargement and remodelling of Hensol Castle which was carried out by T. H. Wyatt and D. Brandon, architects of London for the industrialist Rowland Fothergill who bought the estate in 1838. Some modern alterations and recent deterioration at the west end.

Hensol castle has late C17th/earlyC18th, was fully remodelled circa 1735 by the Talbot family and after 1782 it was greatly extended in a castellated manner before undergoing the major remodelling in 1840's. Since 1927 it has been in use as a county mental hospital and now a conference centre.


Broad and ramped 4-arch stone bridge of coursed rubble construction with part-balustraded parapets. This unusual, even number, gives the bridge an ornamental character which is strengthened by the deliberately over-size nature of these arches, suggesting a major river rather than a slow leet to a mill; voussoirs retained but arches infilled with water directed through a pipe. balustraded parapet to centre is partly rebuilt in cement; closed parapet to ends with freestone chamfered piers. Gothic flying buttresses at main entrance adjoining sweeping boundary wall.

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with Hafod Lodge and Hensol Castle.

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